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Beam lashings
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Hey so far so good it's really time to decide on the lashings I have some 3/16 sta-set Black double braid polyester. It seems kind of skinny. I also have Sampson trophy color quarter inch and it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Ingram Jun 28, 2018.

Acrylic windows are cracking
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Lots of hairline cracks appearing around the bolt holes in my acrylic the holes are drilled oversize and the acrylic his bedded in 3M 4000 UV I AM PLANNING TO TRY A SOFTER CAULKING MATERIAL SUCH AS…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by boatsmith Apr 29, 2018.

Shroud placement
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I'm preparing to install the chain plates for my tiki 30 there are two shrouds -- they're 18 inches apart and both make on to the mast at pretty much the same point at the masthead--it's probably a…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Budget Boater Nov 13, 2016.

Deciding on a mast
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My local marine consignment shop will sell me a 36 foot mast for under a thousand bucks- masthead rig ,forward and aft shrouds attached, halyard winch, spreaders. slotted sail slides.I COULD chop…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by dennis schneider Aug 24, 2016.

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Robert Sheridan left a comment for john james
"Hi John, Just catching up on emails.  Our original shrouds were 8850 and 9150 which left barely enough space for a shackle and lashing.  The total length (including lashing) I have noted for the replacements is 9315 and 9240 which gave a…"
Jul 4, 2018
Brad Ingram replied to john james's discussion Beam lashings
"I use dyneema cored robline on my inner lashings and frap with the tails. I use polyester on outer lashings, frapped with normal dyneema. The dyneema inner lashing really locks the beam down and prevents any lateral motion of beams in their sockets,…"
Jun 28, 2018
Rogerio Martin commented on john james's photo


"Good work, very nice Tiki, welcome to the 30' club"
Jun 27, 2018
john james commented on john james's photo


"Thank you Mark it must be great to be in the water . You boat looks wonderful."
Jun 26, 2018
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Jun 26, 2018
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"Looks great John. You're there ! Congratulations."
Jun 26, 2018
john james posted a status
"Yikes my apologies obviously the dimensions are for the total length of shroud to deck level . I guess."
Jun 26, 2018
john james left a comment for Robert Sheridan
"In other words the shroud length of 8.85 m --is that the measurement  distance to the chain plate ,or is that measured allowing for a turnbuckle between the chain plate and the shroud eye?? II am making up my shrouds prior to standing the mast,"
Jun 26, 2018
john james replied to Robert Sheridan's discussion Using dyneema for rigging - warning
"Can anybody tell me about how much space the plans have aloud in their measurements of shrouds --between chain plate and the eye of the shroud??"
Jun 26, 2018
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Jun 25, 2018
john james replied to Robert Sheridan's discussion Using dyneema for rigging - warning
"Thank you boat smith but deadeyes and lanyards are not in my future at the moment I was planning simple whippings through shackle at chainplate and stainless steel eye on shroud. Getting anxious to see it float."
Jun 25, 2018
john james replied to Robert Sheridan's discussion Using dyneema for rigging - warning
"I am using dinema for shrouds and I'm wondering if the shroud length as stated in the plans is going to be ideal for lanyard application. I'm thinking they may prove long considering these stated  lengths are likely designed with…"
Jun 24, 2018
john james posted a status
"Thanks all NOW I want to know how short of the chainplates shrouds lengths of 8.85 m and 9.15 m.will be. I'm using dinema and lanyards.."
Jun 23, 2018
Ian R replied to john james's discussion Beam lashings
"I used 6mm (`1/4") polyester, makes a goodlooking job, nice to knot and pull/stretch, less (well, a bit) potential grooving capability on substrate than 5mm."
Jun 22, 2018
Éric Bouvéron replied to john james's discussion Beam lashings
"John, The more times goes, the more I think that it is better to stick with the Wharram book. It is not the polyester line, but the number of rounds that makes the thing solid. When I first mount my boat, some friends told me to use dyneema, or…"
Jun 20, 2018
boatsmith replied to john james's discussion Beam lashings
"I would use 1/4""
Jun 14, 2018

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I am:
A home builder
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
TIKI 30.

I have also built several trimerans, (an Artie Piver 24', modified 31' and 36', respectively,) a 14' catameran, and sailed/rehabbed a Jim Brown trimeran, among others....

and more recently inspired/contributed my maritime experience for the http://lastchancetobeacowboy.com/blog
Country, City, and State?
US, New England
About me or us?
I have two accounts on this network, (this is my primary,) and a daughter who loves me very much. :)
Looking to?
find a good source for PLYWOOD.

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At 5:38pm on January 7, 2011, Ann and Neville Clement said…

Hi John,

     Folks have been asking about your here at Manjack.  We are now settled in where you used to anchor behind Rat Cay on a huge anchor that was dug deep in the sand for the season.  Nev is fixing a dinghy, I am doing some gardening on island, and we plan a sail to grocery shop three islands down in a few days.  I was thinking a few days ago that most nights I think back on the day and feel that I have been happy and joyful most of the time.  I guess living on the water makes it that way.  Want to come for a winter warmer?  Love, Ann and Nev 

At 10:18am on July 19, 2012, Bob Bois said…

Hi John,

I hope you are well - how goes the building?

At 4:52pm on July 22, 2012, Bob Bois said…


The book looks great, I may have to read it!

In the meantime, if you ever need an extra pair of hands, by all means, send me a message and I'll come on down.

Thanks for your message.


At 6:42am on September 2, 2012, Marc LaFrance said…

I hadn't considered that one. I'll most likely do the Wharram sliding window.

Probably use type 1 PVC for the rails. Have you ever seen Wiley ports? I have some on a small gaffer that I built. You can leave them open in the rain and still get some ventilation.


At 9:03am on September 18, 2012, Bob Bois said…


Check out Jamestown Distributors in Bristol, RI.

Hope all is well with you and your build.

At 12:55pm on February 18, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

Hi John, I'd wonder if you could send me your mail address, there's a couple of things I'd like to talk in private.

At 8:19pm on February 18, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

Pls take a look at your inbox

At 4:37pm on February 19, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

I've already sent them. Tell me if you don't get them.

At 3:00am on February 20, 2014, Rory McDougall said…

Hi John

Bit confused by your comment.....any clarification??

Cheers, Rory

At 7:40am on February 22, 2014, Marc LaFrance said…


I like your boat. Looks good!

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